NFL Draft Free Picks: AFC Team Needs & Mock Draft
Cappers Info's 2010 NFL Draft coverage starts with our analysis of the AFC teams and what position each team needs to address and what they might do with their first pick in the draft this year.
Kansas City Chiefs: Barring any trades, the Chiefs are the first team to make a selection in the AFC this year at #4. Drafting an offensive lineman makes a lot of sense for Kansas City, as QB Matt Cassel was under constant harassment last year. It is also going to need to address a lot of defensive positions, so even though Eric Berry may be a decent option, Iowa T Bryan Bulaga makes the most sense.
Cleveland Browns: What don't the Browns need? If by chance Sam Bradford is still on the board, he seems to be the logical selection for a team that just doesn't have a quarterback right now. However, in the likelihood that he is gone, it's probably just going to be a case where this team takes the best player available. Tennessee S Eric Berry may be the best player in this draft period, and he'll be a great addition for Cleveland at #7.
Oakland Raiders: Does anyone in the Oakland War Room have any idea what Al Davis is thinking? Save perhaps a quarterback and a running back, the Raiders could do just about anything at Pick #8, as the team just has a million gaps in their lineup. If Oklahoma T Trent Williams is still available, expect to see him be in silver and black next year.
Buffalo Bills: Quarterback. That's where the Bills have to go at some point in this draft, but there's still a question if Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen is that man or not. There's a big need for an explosive playmaker on the offensive side of the ball as well. Buffalo is also certainly going offense with this pick, and we can see the Bills taking Clemson RB CJ Spiller with the #9 pick.
Jacksonville Jaguars: If the Jaguars trade down, don't be shocked if QB Tim Tebow is the pick for them considering that he is the local boy and a Jacksonville native. However, if they stay at #10, they're going to need to probably address the defense at some point for a team that only registered 14 sacks all year in 2009. Georgia Tech DE Derrick Morgan is a logical choice.
Denver Broncos: The Broncos need some major help on defense, but they also have glaring needs at offensive line and wide receiver. With WR Brandon Marshall now gone, this could be where Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant ultimately ends up in what could be a total slam dunk or a horrifying blunder by the Denver front office.
Miami Dolphins: Miami's wide receiver problem was addressed by picking up the aforementioned Marshall, so the Fins are probably going defense. Considering the 3-4 defensive scheme, if Alabama LB Rolando McClain fell this far, the Dolphins would be doing cartwheels.
Tennessee Titans: The Titans are going to have to fill a major hole at defensive end with DE Kyle Vanden Bosch leaving through free agency. Morgan may still be on the board this late, but if he isn't, South Florida DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who has been rocketing up draft boards could be the pick. Don't be shocked to see a linebacker go here as well, especially if McClain is still available.
Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers have a huge need at offensive line for an aging group that did a miserable job of protecting QB Ben Roethlisberger last season. There are going to be plenty of options available here. In order, Pittsburgh would probably prefer Rutgers OT Anthony Davis, Idaho OT Mike Iupati, or Florida C Maurkice Pouncey.
Houston Texans: The Texans have made no bones about what they're aiming at in this year's draft. They need a running back and a defensive back of some kind. A reach for RB Ryan Mathews is possible, but if S Earl Thomas is there, he's going to be the pick. Houston already failed once by passing on a local Texas boy by not drafting LB Derrick Thomas (and instead going with Florida State DT Travis Johnson, who has never been heard from since), so it won't pass on a chance to grab a local star again.
Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals would be awfully upset at #21 if Houston grabbed Thomas one pick in front of them, but another Texas man would be a logical pick as well with LB Sergio Kindle. A wide receiver is also an option here, as WR Chad Ochocinco badly needs another friend in his receiving corps.
New England Patriots: Ever since Bill Parcells was calling the shots in New England, the Pats have gone with the "best player available" strategy. There really aren't any glaring holes on this team, but there are going to be plenty of value picks here. Bryant may still be on the board, but TE Jermaine Grisham is a better selection and can really stretch the middle of the field and open things up for WR Randy Moss on the outside.
Baltimore Ravens: Picking up WR Anquan Boldin from the Cardinals probably ended Baltimore's search for wide receivers, which opens the door for one of the most frightening defenses in the NFL to try to reload just a bit more. Penn State's DE Jared Odrick is another man that could step into the fold as a madman hybrid type of player that the Ravens just love. He could be the pick at #25.
San Diego Chargers: The Bolts have left themselves with some major holes to fill this season after getting rid of RB LaDainian Tomlinson and DB Antonio Cromartie. If Fresno State's RB Ryan Mathews is still on the board, he is a logical selection, as San Diego loves those smaller type of running backs that can zip through small holes.
New York Jets: If the Jets believe that there is any chance that DT Kris Jenkins might not be ready for the season, taking a nose tackle may be a wise option this late in the first round. Tennessee's Dan Williams is a perfect fit for this defense, though Alabama DT Terrance "Mount" Cody is also an option. If nothing else, Cody could rival HC Rex Ryan as the biggest man on the team bus.
Indianapolis Colts: Trying to figure out what the Colts are going to draft is always a difficult prospect. They really don't have any major glaring needs, it does seem as though the offensive line is where GM Bill Polian is going to want to go. The run on offensive linemen may be gone though. Still, USC OT Charles Brown seems like a logical fit.